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fixation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fixation  \Fix*a"tion\  (f[i^]ks*[=a]"sh[u^]n),  n.  [Cf.  F. 
  fixation.] 
  1.  The  act  of  fixing,  or  the  state  of  being  fixed. 
 
  An  unalterable  fixation  of  resolution. 
  --Killingbeck. 
 
  To  light,  created  in  the  first  day  God  gave  no 
  proper  place  or  fixation.  --Sir  W. 
  Raleigh. 
 
  Marked  stiffness  or  absolute  fixation  of  a  joint. 
  --Quain. 
 
  A  fixation  and  confinement  of  thought  to  a  few 
  objects.  --Watts. 
 
  2.  The  act  of  uniting  chemically  with  a  solid  substance  or  in 
  a  solid  form  reduction  to  a  non-volatile  condition;  -- 
  said  of  gaseous  elements. 
 
  3.  The  act  or  process  of  ceasing  to  be  fluid  and  becoming 
  firm.  --Glanvill. 
 
  4.  A  state  of  resistance  to  evaporation  or  volatilization  by 
  heat;  --  said  of  metals.  --Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fixation 
  n  1:  an  abnormal  state  in  which  development  has  stopped 
  prematurely  [syn:  {arrested  development},  {infantile 
  fixation},  {regression}] 
  2:  an  unhealthy  preoccupation  with  something  or  someone  [syn:  {obsession}] 
  3:  (histology)  the  preservation  and  hardening  of  a  tissue 
  sample  to  retain  as  nearly  as  possible  the  same  relations 
  they  had  in  the  living  body  [syn:  {fixing}] 




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